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Soon after you arrive you will do a Multi-
The Board President, an Army Brigadier, will give an introductory talk. This will include some useful tips on how to approach the Board.
An essay will assess your written communication skills. This is followed by computer-
You will be required to sit Mental Aptitude, Memory & Attention and Personality tests. Find out more...
(Day One and Day Two programmes are combined into a single day on weekend Main Boards)
The group opening discussion lasts for 40 minutes. During this time we will invite you to discuss a number of moral and newsworthy topics. Find out more...
All candidates have one-
Your group will be given a task, no leader will be specified but your leadership, dominance influence will be assessed. Find out more...
You will receive a lecture on how to approach the Planning Exercise. This session is not assessed.
This theoretical written exercise tests your ability to use people, equipment and time effectively. You are given an hour to study the narrative and write up your solution. Find out more...
Each member takes a turn at being in command of the group. The objective is to complete a specified practical task within a time limit. Find out more...
Individuals must negotiate an individual obstacle course with the object of completing as many obstacles as possible within a set time limit. Find out more...
Each candidate gives an informal five-
In the evening you will enjoy a formal dinner with your fellow candidates. At some point during AOSB you will be given the opportunity to enjoy a few drinks in the bar with your fellow candidates and perhaps some of the staff running the board. You are likely to be told that this is not part of your assessment and to relax and be yourself. Once again – I hope that having read so far you will be under no illusion that during your time at the AOSB you are under continuous scrutiny.
On the last morning you will compete the Final Race – an outdoor leaderless task competing against the other groups on the Board. It is a tough course, and is your final opportunity to show the Board your abilities. For advice on this task read the section on Leaderless Tasks.
The Board Officers start assessing candidates after the Final Race. This is the first time the assessors discuss the candidates, and every point raised by the Group Leader, the Deputy President and the Education Adviser is explored in detail. The results will be posted first class and should arrive within two working days; for a Weekend Board the results will be posted on a Monday morning.
If you pass, you will have demonstrated that you have the potential to be an Army Officer. You will also have rightly earned yourself a place at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, provided you pass the Army medical.
AOSB Main Boards run throughout the year and take place both during the week and at weekends and are available to both Regular and TA candidates. Weekend Boards are generally reserved for those who have genuine unchangeable commitments that prevent attendance during the week. A weekday Board usually commences on a Tuesday and finishes on a Friday, whilst a weekend Board commences on a Thursday and finishes on a Sunday. Outlined below is a short summary of the Main Board Programme. Click find out about the tests and assessments you will need to pass click here.
Up to 40 candidates may be attending the Main Board at any one time. You will be divided into groups of eight, in mixed groups of with men and women. It is important to remember that you are not competing against the other candidates. You are all being assessed against a common standard and your success is based entirely on your own performance. Equally, there is no single test by which you pass or fail – this is a series of assessments designed to give the assessing Officers an understanding of your officer potential. The Officers assessing you will be interested in your approach to problems and challenges, and your attitude towards other members of the group – both as a team player and as a team leader.
The Board consists of the following members: